The German based automaker Audi is getting ready to renew its top-of-the-line R8 supercar, with the next generation to come in 2014, as the Technical Project Manager, Michael Dick, has recently announced.
According to Michael Dick, the new generation of the Audi R8 will be 100 kilograms lighter than the current one which will be possible thanks to a new fibre and aluminum platform. The new platform will be developed by Audi and it will also help cut down the production costs.
Michael Dick said that the new structure will be lighter and 30 percent more rigid, coming very close and even beyond, in some cases, to its main rivals. The technical base will be known as the MSS and it will also be used on a future Lamborghini model, most likely Gallardo’s successor.
The new Audi R8 will be powered by the fresh TFSI V8 engine which has been recently introduced to the S6 and S8 and the Germans are trying to get 600 horsepower from the eight cylinders.
Until the new generation of the R8 will be presented in 2014, Audi will reveal the facelifted version of the supercar next year, which will refresh both the body and engines. The facelift will be followed by the “eco-friendly” R8, named the E-Tron.
The Audi R8 E-Tron has a 53 kWh lithium-ion battery which sends power to four electric motors, developing 308 horsepower and an impressive 4.500 Nm of torque, or 3.319 lb-ft, enabling the supercar to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds. The E-Tron will have a 250 km range on a single charge (155 miles).